Quickly, while there's still time to shop, here are touts for the men in your life, and the little children. Or do I repeat myself?
If the guy likes baseball, football or wrasslin' (and who doesn't?) give him a copy of "Play by Play" by my old buddy, Bill Mercer. Full disclosure: Mercer is one of the co-authors of our book, "When the News Went Live" which is about being reporters covering the JFK assassination.
Mercer is a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. He's been at broadcasting sports before Marconi was born. Early on, Mercer re-created the ball games using his imagination, ticker tape from Western Union and a beer or two. The book is both a history of sports and of broadcasting. He writes good, too.
Now, for the kids. Remember the pitiful pop-up books of your childhood? Well, forget those. The technology has changed. In dramatic ways. Even adults are captivated today's pop-up books. The pages come alive with intricate movement, great color and a lot of expensive hand work.
Caution: if your kid is too young, the book will be a goner in a hurry. Having said that, here are two books that I highly recommend:
"The Night Before Christmas," a pop-up by Robert Sabuda, is the most amazing book I've ever seen. Open a page, any page, and the characters come to life. Beautiful, intricate, expensive. But I repeat myself.
"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," a pop-up by L. Frank Baum and Robert Sabuda. You won't believe what the pop-up characters do and I cannot do justice in writing about the magic. Each two-page spread is a miracle of art and motion unfolding together.
We have each of these books. And they aren't leaving the house.